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Wharves To Waterfalls: A Geographical Analysis Of The Massachusetts Political Economy: 1763 - 1825., David Joseph Doran Jun 2006

Wharves To Waterfalls: A Geographical Analysis Of The Massachusetts Political Economy: 1763 - 1825., David Joseph Doran

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This research assesses how political legislation served as the catalyst in the transformation of Massachusetts through four specific economic stages from 1763 to 1825: fishing, privateering, global maritime commerce, and textile manufacturing. The objective of this analysis is to examine how politics forced coastal merchants to invest their commercial wealth into the burgeoning interior textile industry of the New England hinterland. Vance's mercantile model best explains European settlement of New England since multiple communities developed along the Atlantic coastline of the Massachusetts Bay region. Boston, Salem, and Newburyport emerged as entrepots, which acted as intermediaries between Europe and the ...